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Gungrave: The Complete Series

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Armed with twin handguns, and a coffin filled with weapons on his back, Grave returns from the dead cloaked in darkness and bent of revenge. His goal is to cripple Millennion, the huge mafia organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers, but his real objective is to root out Harry Macdowel, Millenion's leader. The former friends are on a collision course with destiny and anyone in the way is destined for the grave!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, an all time favourite of mine Aug. 9 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I've been watching anime ever since i was 6 or 7, so I've watched a lot, and this is definately in my top 3 animes of all time. Get it, you wont regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great show March 6 2010
Format:DVD
A great story of friendships and betrayals. There are some pretty good action sequences with not too much blood. I must admit that the story moved me, I felt like crying at some points. It did get a little far fetched towards the end, but overall it is a very good show.

I reccommend this one for anyone that is looking for an easy to follow, action show with a strong story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gungrave March 4 2010
Format:DVD
First few episodes are about grave, than we get to see the story of the dead man (who was onlysleeping after chemical experiment... till he was woken up to proptect a girl because he loved her mother but didn't do anything about it cause he's too shy... you get it) and then you get the last episodes which are about the downfall of Grave's bestfriend.
All in all, it's a good series. The end is the best part of it, you'll have to see it cause i won't give the punch obviously!!!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one Feb. 17 2006
By Antonio Vega - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
More often than not anime tends to be extremely repetitive. A young guy fights his way to the top whether it be in sports, outer space or love. It's even worse when the show goes on for far longer than it should. You get 150 spisodes into it and the main character is still doing the same thing he was doing 20 episodes into it. Granted, this show is not some revolutionary genre buster but it is definitely refreshing and engaging.

I'll try and not to go into too much detail since there's plenty of other reviews already and if you feel like it you can find many spoilers all around. The show starts out right in the thick of things. A fair comparison can be made with "Berserk" since both shows drop you into things with not much explanation and then take their time to flesh things out. I had read very little about the show when I bought it and after watching the first episode it didn't really seem all that special. Just another cool looking guy shoothing thugs up but I kept watching since even if it did turn out that way it'd still have probably been somewhat entertaining. However, once things start getting fleshed out and we're introduced to the characters you realize there's a lot more going on here.

At the center of the story we have Brandon Heat. He's part of a small time gang led by his life long friend Harry McDowell. They're just a bunch of young guys trying to survive and if they can make a few bucks while they're at it then they certainly welcome the chance. Harry isn't happy where he is though and we eventually come to see that Harry wants to make it to the top. Brandon doesn't really seem to have the same strong feelings he just kind of follows his friend and they slowly move forward. I realize I'm being a bit vague but I think vague is best.

There's quite a bit of violence but it's not really gratuitous. This is pretty much a show about a crime syndicate and obviously there's going to be a decent amount of killing. It's not like the show looks for excuses to have shooting it is simply a product of the subject matter. Even later in the series when it gets a little more gun heavy it doesn't cross the line. Perhaps because the whole series builds up to that point or perhaps because it's well made but it works.

It's a joy to watch the relationships unfold. The soundtrack is great. Definitely worth picking up. The animation is well done and the show ends right where it should. Like a good show it doesn't lose steam at the end but rather it leaves you wanting more. Not in a bad way but in a very good way. A very good show all around, definitely worth buying.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect and Never Betray July 11 2011
By DC_Fan_52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Gungrave tells the tale of two best friends put on the path of their own destruction. Brandon Heat and Harry McDowell are two street thugs who join with the Mellenion Syndicate (a mafia crime syndicate) and begin the climb the ladder, and their ascension makes a mark on everyone around them.

Gungrave is a noir story with an anime twist. It deals with the internal politics of the mob, but also the deeply rooted bond between Harry and Brandon, unrequited love, and honor. Millenion has an unbreakable law, "Protect, and never betray the family." The "Code of Iron," as it's called, drives the entire series.

The first half of the series focuses on Brandon's memories of the time before he "died." The "anime twist" are the horrors that unchecked ambition created, that Brandon must fight in the second half of the series. Despite being centered around organized crime, the violence doesn't feel gratuitous, there is no drug use, and matters of love (of any kind) are relatively tame.

This is a repackaging of the old DVDs released originally by Geneon, it just comes in a much cooler looking box than the previous box set.

When it comes to anime for guys, in my opinion, there are three series all guys should watch: Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Gungrave. If you liked Trigun and Cowboy Bebop give this a shot.

Just like before, I advise skipping the first episode and starting with Episode 2, it's less confusing that way.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better box set for a great price! Highly recommended! April 30 2006
By Kris7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first time I reviewed Gungrave it was for the series as a whole, not for the complete box set. I saw that a newer cheaper box set was coming out, so I waited. I bought this Fully Loaded Collector's set, and while it's not as fully loaded as I'd like it to be, it certainly is a better buy than the previous one.

The pros:

1. The DVD's come in slimline cases packed inside a very handsome box that holds all of them. The slimmer cases take up significantly less room on your DVD shelf than the other box set.

2. The option of 5.1 surround sound.

3. It's $45 cheaper than the other box set.

The cons:

1. While it is nice that the slimline cases make for more space on your DVD shelves, it would also have been nice to have more episodes per DVD. I sure wish companies that make American DVD's of anime would stop putting so few episodes on each disc (I'm talking to you ADV!), and pack more on there to save us money. I can't see how anyone really cares about cool front covers or how many different interactive menus can be used for each DVD.

2. No extras. Sure, you get character sketches and ads for other anime, whoop-dee-freakin'-do. What about interviews with the writers, artists, director, or voice actors? Companies like Geneon and ADV sure could take a lesson or three from the folks at Criterion who actually strive to make a DVD that gives you more bang for your buck.

Overall, the pro's outweigh the cons. If you really want to own this whole series and also save money and shelf space, I highly recommend you buy this set instead of the other one.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect and Never Betray Feb. 25 2010
By DC_Fan_52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Gungrave tells the tale of two best friends put on the path of their own destruction. Brandon and Harry are two street hoods who join the mafia and begin the climb the ladder, and their ascension makes a mark on everyone around them.

Gungrave is a noir, mafia story with an anime twist. It deals with the internal politics of the mob at first, before it becomes something personal for our main characters. Despite being in the business of killing, the Millenion syndicate has an unbreakable law, "Protect, and never betray the family." The "Code of Iron" drives the entire anime.

Gungrave is not a shounen. It's closer to Cowboy Bebop and Trigun at certain points. There are no bombastic characters in the mafia. These are hired killers that disassociate themselves from their dirty business. The first half of the series focuses on Bradon's, the main character, memories of the time before he died. The anime twist are the horrors that unchecked ambition created, that Brandon must fight in the second half of the series. Despite being centered around organized crime, the violence doesn't feel gratuitous, there is no drug use, and matters of love (of any kind) are relatively tame.

I definitely think Gungrave is worth a second look. If you liked Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, give this a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.

I gaze at that gray haired hulk and think, "Beyong the Grave" was once a man. A man named Brandon Heat.

I want to mention that you might want to skip the first episode of the series. It's supposed to entice you to watch more, but most might consider it misleading and confusing. Episode 2 is a much better place to start, IMO.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is It Good? Heck Yeah! April 13 2006
By coopertex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Gungrave is an drama/fantasy anime set around the 1960's. Harry McDowell and Brandon Heat were just two young street punks, who stole things and fought other street gangs to survive in their turfs. Harry and Brandon, grew up in a orphange and have been best friends ever since. They were willing to do whatever it took to rise to the top and achieve freedom from their life of poverty and danger. Their chance came up when they met a top member of the most powerful mafia called, Millenion. Harry and his best friend Brandon, start off as errand boys, doing petty jobs inside the Millenion organization, but you'll see as they climb up the ladder and become, the mafia's top executives. You'll see as their ambitions and greed take over their actions for better or worse.

Gungrave is really an excellent anime all around. Even though its roots are based on a Playstation videogame, this anime is better than the game itself and should not be overlooked because you may have not enjoyed the videogame. The story theme about friendship, love, greed and betrayal is well scripted and feels similar to the, "Godfather" crime epic. Gungrave adds a supernatural twist by having undead creatures in the action. However, most of the story is told in a realistic fashion only dealing with the people drama. I enjoyed the epic feel of the story and became attached to many of the interesting characters, who were criminals by society's standards, but had a great sense of loyalty for each other. This is one of those anime series which contains a slow but engaging story. The production values are high; the animation is fluid, the artwork, character design, are excellent, the music is moody and the sound effects are loud. Both the English and Japanese voice acting are excellent and fit their characters well. There is graphic violence and profanity, so for adults only. I also recommend the anime called, "Hellsing".
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